Pek Cowan became the second Australian forward to re-sign with his Super Rugby franchise this week after agreeing a deal with the Force.
Pek Cowan became the second Australian front rower to re-sign with his Super Rugby franchise after agreeing a deal with the Force.
The 28-year-old enjoyed an impressive season this year, establishing himself with the Force while also forcing his way back into the international set-up.
The Perth outfit surprised a lot of people this year to finish eighth overall in Super Rugby, missing out on the play-offs by just two points after losing their final game to the Brumbies.
Those displays earned Cowan an international recall after three years out of the Test side, and he has so far made five appearances off the bench for the Wallabies this season.
However it was because of his frustration at just missing out on the top six, that Cowan was desperate to agree a new deal with the Force, following in the footsteps of Brumbies skipper Stephen Moore, who also signed a new contract this week.
“I’ve never wanted to leave this club until we’ve achieved something as a group,” Cowan said.
“[This year] it felt like we almost got there but there’s definitely a feeling of having unfinished business.
“I want to see this club succeed and that’s a real driving force for me. Falling at the final hurdle [this] year has definitely fuelled the guys moving forward. Last season was confirmation that what we’re doing is working and what we’re doing is right, it’s just a matter of ensuring that we’re just a little bit better across the board if we’re to take the next step in this competition.
“There’s a lot of belief in this squad. We want to play for each other, we respect each other and we continue to drive higher standards, but this year we also learned how to win and had the belief and trust that our training and preparation were going to get us our results on the field.”